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Mountain lion reported near downtown Gillette, Chara Hills

A mountain lion has been spotted twice within city limits, most recently in the area of E. 6th Street and S. Douglas Highway, authorities said Wednesday.

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — Gillette authorities are continuing to monitor reports of a mountain lion spotted within city limits Tuesday and early this morning, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. 

Per Game and Fish, the animal was first seen on security cameras in southeast Gillette moving through the Chara Hills subdivision. Additional security cameras captured footage of the animal near East 6th Street and South Douglas Highway at around 1 a.m.

On both occasions, the animal was confirmed as a mountain lion by local Game Warden Andrew Enscore, Game and Fish says. 

Following the second report, Gillette police officers and Game and Fish personnel responded to the area but were not able to locate the mountain lion. Wildlife managers are continuing to monitor the situation, according to Game and Fish. 

Members of the public are being asked to report any additional sightings of mountain lions in Gillette to Game and Fish personnel or any other law enforcement agencies so the reports can be investigated promptly, Game and Fish says. 

Mountain lions, per Game and Fish, can be difficult to locate due to their secretive and solitary nature and the large distances they regularly travel. The animals do occasionally move through residential areas, particularly in areas where deer are plentiful and coverage is adequate. 

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